Every runner knows what this feels like. It is a time in your run where you feel mentally and physically exhausted and unable to continue, and you know you must get past it and keep going. When my older sister first took me running she said to be prepared to hit a wall. She told me that she didn't know how many I would hit or how long they would last but that eventually the feeling would fade and I would overcome it. She could not have been more right. I remember hitting these walls before, and I wish I could say they get easier to get through, but they don't. I used to say that my worst "wall" was in the sixteenth mile of the Chicago Marathon. I got through it. Today, I hit a wall that lasted quite awhile. I couldn't believe how difficult my run was. I only had to complete three miles and it felt like I was in that sixteenth mile again, praying myself to the finish line. I just kept telling myself, "you will get through this and you will finish strong". Overcoming a wall is an exhilarating, wonderful feeling so I kept that in mind. I wanted to feel the relief of the "second wind". In the last .5 mile of my run today, I started to feel myself overcoming it. When I was struggling to get through those last few steps, I increased my speed and ran another mile. I suppose I wanted to prove to myself what my Mom always tells me, "You are stronger than you give yourself credit for". I also made a promise to myself that I would concentrate on getting myself to a healthy weight. I felt heavy on my legs and I had to be honest with myself about the reason. When I told my Dad about this, he asked me to blog it. My first reaction was, "yeah right- I am NOT going to talk about my weight". Then I had a change of heart. This is all apart of the journey and I don't want to leave anything out. 

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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